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Innovative Uses

Middle School Science Innovative Uses

Enhance Student Investigations with Data-Collection Technology

Three-dimensional learning is at the core of the Next Generation Science Standards. Finding field-tested lessons that support three-dimensional learning for your elementary and middle school curriculum can be challenging. Fortunately, some great open-source resources are available; one of which is Going 3D with GRC. Going 3D with GRC is a student-centered model that employs the…

Subjects: Elementary Science, Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Conductivity Probe
  • Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor

Total Equilibrium

One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. J 241 Series), 1985 glass, steel, sodium chloride reagent, distilled water, one basketball 64 3/4 x 30 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches © Jeff Koons Recent visitors to the Portland Art Museum were treated to a viewing of the work One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank by the internationally…

Subjects: Chemistry, Middle School Science, Physical Science

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor

Beachin’ It

There’s a beach somewhere out there and Sarasota County School District middle-school students can be found on it! Middle school science teachers Dorothy Rieger and Amy Proch-Moore have developed an experience that lets students apply concepts learned in the classroom to their observations and measurements in the field. The experience involves analyzing the properties of…

Subjects: Earth Science, Environmental Science, Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • TI-Nspire Lab Cradle
  • Light Sensor
  • TI-Nspire CX Handheld

When is Water Really Boiling?

By Dave Vernier I recently started using an electric pot for heating tea water. Early on, I sometimes assumed that the water was hot enough when I heard the loud “boiling” sounds. Yet, when I poured the water to make tea, it was not very hot. Our boiling water apparatus We decided to make a…

Subjects: Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Infrared Thermometer
  • Surface Temperature Sensor
  • LabQuest Mini
  • Logger Pro 3

Natural Bridge Caverns

Vernier recently attended the GLOBE annual conference in San Antonio, TX, where we sponsored a field trip to Natural Bridge Caverns, a limestone cave. Sixty teachers made their way through the wet, drippy tour of the caverns and collected relative humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure data along the way. Due to the recent, heavy rains…

Subjects: Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Conductivity Probe
  • Dissolved Oxygen Probe
  • pH Sensor
  • And 4 more products

What Causes the Seasons?

Parker Moreland has been volunteering at an intermediate school in New Milford, CT, where he has come up with a clever modification of the “What Causes the Seasons” lab in our Earth Science with Computers book. First, instead of taping a temperature sensor to a globe, he opened a cardboard globe and mounted a Surface…

Subjects: Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Logger Pro 3
  • LabPro
  • Surface Temperature Sensor

Which Hot Dog Cools Faster?

Introduction Different types of hot dogs will cool at different rates after they have been cooked. This activity takes the first steps in investigating this phenomenon by measuring the rate that a warmed hot dog cools. Students can compare the ingredients of various types of hot dogs (all-beef, veggie, turkey, etc.) to help explain the…

Subjects: Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • LabPro
  • Logger Pro 3
  • And 2 more products

Stomp Rockets

Tom Bird (Austin Community College) uses our Gas Pressure Sensor to study the launches of Stomp Rockets. This is a light-weight, inexpensive toy rocket, powered by air that is compressed by stomping on a plastic air chamber. He drilled and tapped a threaded hole and installed a pressure tap, which he connected to a Biology…

Subjects: Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Gas Pressure Sensor
  • LabPro
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